Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has faced a slew of questions about her ailing health and whether she is still capable of serving on the nation’s highest court.
According to Fox News, Ginsburg just completed three weeks of radiation therapy at a New York City hospital to treat a malignant tumor on her pancreas, the court said Friday.
“The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” a Court spokesperson said in a statement. “Justice Ginsburg will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans. No further treatment is needed at this time.”
An abnormality was detected in early July during a routine blood test, and a subsequent biopsy revealed the tumor.
The 86-year-old liberal lion began radiation treatments on Aug. 5 and received treatment as an outpatient, the statement said.
As part of her treatment, a bile duct stent was placed on her pancreas.
“The Justice tolerated treatment well,” the statement added. “She canceled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, but has otherwise maintained an active schedule.”
Fox News reported:
Sources tell Fox News that Ginsburg has no desire to step down from the bench and plans to hold her seat for as long as her health permits.
The new Supreme Court term is scheduled to begin on Oct. 7 and justices usually return to work in September. So far, Ginsberg has 11 public events planned for September and has not canceled any of them to date.
Despite several health challenges and major surgeries over the years to remove cancerous nodes, Ginsburg said she doesn’t think she should step down from the Supreme Court.
“The work is really what saved me because I had to concentrate on reading the briefs, doing a draft of an opinion, and I knew it had to get done,” she said last month. “So I had to get past whatever my aches and pains were just to do the job.”
Obviously keeping the most liberal Justice on the court is more important to Democrats than her health and well being.
But beyond that, there are serious issues still surrounding her health and how much longer she can continue to serve on the Supreme Court.
In late December, the 85-year-old Justice had surgery to remove two cancerous growths from her left lung, forcing her to miss almost a month of oral arguments on the Supreme Court.
In 2009, she had surgery for pancreatic cancer and missed time from the Supreme Court during her recovery.
Back in 1999, Ginsburg had colorectal cancer that required nine months of chemotherapy.
While President Donald Trump and many have wished nothing but the best for Ginsburg, many argue that her health issues have gotten worse.
And the fact that she still plans to serve for many more years is deeply concerning.